Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ Is No. 1 for a Fourth Week in a Row
Posted July 30, 2018 12:13 p.m. EDT
For the fourth week in a row, it’s Drake season on the Billboard chart.
“Scorpion,” the rapper’s latest album, broke streaming records upon its release last month and has maintained momentum since, earning the No. 1 spot once again with the equivalent of another 184,000 albums sold.
That total, down 29 percent from last week, includes 212 million streams — a still-substantial but more modest number after weekly streams of 746 million, 391 million and 290 million — plus another 15,000 copies sold as a full album. The last album to spend its first four weeks atop the chart was Drake’s own “Views” in 2016.
Drake’s commercial dominance has all but cleared the field: No new album debuted in the Top 5 (or Top 10) this week. The highest-charting new release was the Internet’s “Hive Mind” at No. 26.
The rest of the top sellers have been familiar faces on the charts this summer, and also relied largely on streaming: Post Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys” is No. 2 on the strength of 77 million streams; “?” by XXXTentacion, who was killed in Florida last month, is No. 4 with 59 million streams; and Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” is No. 5 with 46 million streams.
The exception to the rule? The official soundtrack for “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” which jumps from No. 20 to No. 3, and sold 34,000 copies as a full album.